The annual family summer holiday, for many Britons, is their biggest expenditure each year. But with working hours becoming longer, and the choice of destinations getting seemingly larger each year, planning your annual break can slide into stressful territory, especially with young children in tow. Luckily, we have done the hard work for you and listed our Top 5 Summer Holiday Destinations in Europe. So if you haven’t booked your break yet, read on to discover where has the best water-sports, beaches, kids clubs and restaurants for you and your brood. Happy Holidays!

1. Majorca

Spain tops the list as Britain’s favourite holiday destination, and there are so many areas to choose from. Whether you want the chic, boho vibes of Ibiza, the fun or the golden beaches of the Costa Dorada, there’s a part of Spain to suit every family.

The Balearic island of Majorca tops our list, for its huge choice of accommodation for all budgets, fantastic beaches and 300 days of sunshine per year. For example, this is the perfect place for kids to have their first taste of water-sports. For more activity ideas check out our things to do in majorca with kids.

Aside from the numerous amazing beaches, you can explore world famous limestone caves, nature reserves in the Tramuntana Mountains and uninhabited offshore islands.

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2. Crete

The largest Greek island has long been a favourite with families thanks to its winning combination of history, natural beauty and well-equipped resorts. If it’s relaxation and beaches you’re after, Elounda’s upmarket peninsula is the place to be. You’ll find one of the best kids clubs in Europe, at Daios Cove. You’ll also be close to Knossos Palace – one of the island’s must see sights for history buffs.

The pretty Venetian town of Rethymno is another great option. There’s a huge fortress to explore, a maze of cobbled streets lined with boutiques and restaurants. And it’s ideally located to reach many major attractions such as Chania and Samaria Gorge for instance.

It’s a no brainer that Crete features among the best holiday destinations in Europe for the Summer.

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3. The Algarve

Firstly, this beautiful stretch of Portuguese coastline is blessed with gorgeous beaches all year round. Expect sunshine and plenty of family friendly accommodation and activities. Secondly, some of the most popular places for families to stay include Portimão for stunning Praia da Rocha beach. Then you have Lagos for its pretty cobbled streets behind sixteenth-century walls and proximity to Praia da Luz. And finally Carvoeiro – an idyllic cliff-top town with amazing views.

If you have time, consider spending a day in the Algarve’s capital, Faro, where you can explore its fantastic restaurants, architecture, museums and famous fish market designed by Gustav Eiffel.

In conclusion, Algarve is Europe’s great holiday destination to consider for the Summer.

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4. Brittany

Brittany’s coastline attracts thousands of British tourists each year. Indeed many decide to hop over the Channel and set up home there with its stunning unspoiled and wild beaches.

Brittany makes a great choice for families with young children not too far from the UK. Just as easily accessible by plane, ferry or even train (via Paris), in less than two hours you could be munching moules frites with a view of the crashing Atlantic. Accommodation options vary from grand historic châteaux to budget friendly camping, which the kids are bound to love.

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5. Sardinia

Sardinia’s numerous beautiful, white sandy beaches are considered some of the best in Europe. It is a favourite destination for families each summer. Relaxing beach days can be coupled with active excursions to wild natural parks or snorkelling your way around unspoiled landscapes.

The Olbia region is the most popular, offering a string of upmarket resorts like celebrities’ favourite Porto Cervo, which offers easy access to the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast). Children are well catered for in the large tourist resorts, where you’ll find playgrounds and well equipped beaches.

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